Adrian Sitaru remains faithful to the strategy that he used in his debut, Piknik (10th New Horizons). Like in that film, he presents a seemingly trivial incident that has far-reaching consequences. In Illegitimate, an ordinary conversation at dinner turns into a huge argument between family members. The younger representatives of the Anghelescu clan cannot forgive their father's unethical attitude during the communist era. It soon becomes clear, however, that while keen to account for the past, they have their own grave sins on their conscience. Although topics like abortion and incest come up in the story, the director is not trying to be sensational. Sitar also makes sure that his film does not turn into a flat farce or a tiresome psychological drama. Instead, he creates an on-screen world in which there is no place for passing easy judgments. Co-produced by Poland, the film's characteristic ambivalence was a hit at the festival in Berlin, where Illegitimate received a CICAE Art Cinema Award.
Berlin IFF 2016 - CICAE Award
Born in 1971 in Deva, Romania, Sitaru studied Computer Science and Film Direction. He earned his artistic chops working as an assistant to Costa-Gavras on Amen (2002). He has made a number of award-winning short films, the best known of which is Waves (2007). He made his full-length feature debut in 2008 with Piknik. He received the award for best director at the festival in Locarno for Best Intentions (13th New Horizons).
2006 Mincinoasa (TV, short)
2007 Valuri/ Waves (short)
2008 Piknik / Pescuit sportiv / Hooked
2010 Klatka / Colivia / The Cage (short)
2011 Dobre chęci / Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenţii / Best Intentions
2016 Nieprawi / Illegitim / Illegitimate